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Home Tour :: Small Rooms, Big Design In Brooklyn

There is a quote that goes 'Though she be but little, she is fierce!' (Shakespeare, I believe) and this Brooklyn home reminded me of that sentiment in several ways.

While it is surely not the smallest townhouse (especially by New York standards) on its own, the rooms are quite tiny. However, each space is so perfectly taken advantage of that you barely notice! Instead the focus is on the fierce design...

brooklyn house tour living room with turquoise sofa | via coco+kelley

Some of you may hear 'fierce' and think I'm talking over the top drama-queen glamour. I'm not. I'm talking about bold choices - like a bright teal sofa - that make for strong moments in small spaces. Like this stunning little seating area below.

brooklyn house tour dramatic but small seating area | via coco+kelley

In a way, it's easier to design for these little moments - there is no room for extraneous furnishings or a sigh at having to find yet, another lighting fixture. Nope - it's iconic sling chairs, draped in mongolian sheepskin, a bold modern chandelier, and dramatic art over that gorgeous fireplace and ... done.

brooklyn house tour dining room with fireplace | via coco+kelley

The mix of period furnishings in this home is pretty magnificent. When the couple purchased the 1,000 square foot property, they did extensive renovations to open things up, but wanted to preserve the history as much as possible too, and the home truly feels like it's been curated over the years.

brooklyn house tour rustic dining table | via coco+kelley

brooklyn house tour kitchen with herringbone floor | via coco+kelley

Are you taking notes? I am. Grey herringbone wood floors, brass kickplates, and dark cabinetry are all winning in my book. I like that they used rather traditional knobs that blend with the cupboards to create a cohesive look, only going for one bold splash of brass in the long cabinet hardware.

brooklyn house tour small grey kitchen | via coco+kelley

And THIS stunner. Talk about a droolworthy range (and hood!).

brooklyn house tour gorgeous range in marble kitchen | via coco+kelley

The bathrooms in this brownstone are nothing to sniff at either. In fact, this is where I think the design strays most into modern territory - taking classic tiles and mixing them in ways most wouldn't think of. And how about that sink!?

brooklyn house tour black and white tile bathroom with corner green marble sink | via coco+kelley

brooklyn house tour open spindle staircase | via coco+kelley

The stairwell was something that was a big piece of the renovation - it was all enclosed, and they knocked it open allowing much more light into every room.

brooklyn house tour small bedroom with built-ins | via coco+kelley

Substantial built-ins in the bedroom make up for lack of space, and the rest of the furnishings are kept quite simple (you'll not even find a headboard here!).

brooklyn house tour black and white bedroom | via coco+kelley

Again, a stunning mix of tile in the master bath...

brooklyn house tour mixed tiles and brass fixtures in the bathroom | via coco+kelley

brooklyn house tour mixed tiles and gold fixtures in bath | via coco+kelley

And last but not least... a view from the yard!

brooklyn house tour backyard studio | via coco+kelley

I'm envious of this backyard office retreat. I wish I had one of my own! While I love working out of the studio, a quiet space like this would be divine. Oh, and I'll take the kitchen too, while we're at it.

images via :: photography by bruce buck for the new york times and elizabeth roberts